An Uplifting Experience

Facelift Facts

It’s frustrating that we often feel like we’re aging faster on the outside than on the inside, and while we might not want to show our ID card at nightclubs anymore, there’s no reason we can’t look as young as we feel.

As we get a little older, our skin begins to sag, and the person we see in the mirror each day doesn’t have the same pep they once did. But today, more and more people are turning to a little enhancement to make themselves appear younger and more refreshed.

While he can’t give you the never-ending fountain of youth, a facial lift from Melbourne-based specialist surgeon Morris Ritz can provide the next best thing.

Facial lifts – options aplenty
While it might be tempting to rid your house of every reflective surface and move to the Andes, a facelift might just be a better answer (at least, it’s an answer that doesn’t involve a life as a sheep herder on some remote mountain).

If you’re after an overall tightening of excess skin and muscles that will give you a more defined jaw line, and diminish some of those pesky facial wrinkles, you might be a good candidate for a facelift. But with so many options now available, it can be hard to know where to start your search. Here we lift the lid on some relatively simple, cost-effective skin-saving solutions.

1. Mini facelift, maxi results
Are you a little younger, or not so keen on a full facial rejuvenation? A mini facelift can help you to address any sagging in your cheeks or middle third of your face, by targeting smaller areas that may be of concern. It’ll give you a more refreshed, youthful look, with a shorter recovery time an added bonus.

2. How’s the brows?
If your furrowed brow makes you look a little cranky – even when you’re relaxing on a tropical island – you might be better to opt for a lateral brow lift. This surgery can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, and will help to remove the all-too-familiar heaviness from your upper eyelids, while still reducing those frustrated frown lines. As it’s done as a day surgery, its ideal for patients who do not require any skin excision – instead, the skin on the forehead is elevated and smoothed, and the overworked muscles readjusted.

3. Nothing but necks
If your biggest issues lie a little south of the jawline, neck lift surgery might be for you. For this procedure, an incision is usually made behind the ear, and sometimes under the chin. The excess skin is removed, and the neck muscle – or by its technical term, the platysma – is tightened. The skin is then re-sutured, and a drain may be used to remove any remaining excess fluid.

4. MACS effect
While it’s got the biggest name of the lot, a Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) lift is a smaller version of the facelift, and focuses on improving specific areas like the mid-face or the neck. If you don’t need a full facelift just yet, or if you’ve just got one area that’s the focus of your dermal drama, the MACs lift might be for you. It also has a shorter recovery period than a full facelift – while you’ll probably need to stay in the hospital for a night, you’ll be able to drive after about 48 hours, and only have a bandage over your head for about a week.

5. Face up to it
If you’re more mature, you might prefer to go for a full facelift. While it’s a slightly more lengthy procedure, it can have tremendous results, and is often done in conjunction with other surgical procedures (like a neck lift or eyelid surgery). Typically, your surgeon Morris Ritz will make an incision in front of, or behind, the ear, leading into the hairline on either side of the head. The skin will then be lifted, both skin and underlying muscles tightened, and any excess skin trimmed away.

Sold on your surgery?
Whether you’re opting for a mini lift or going for a full facial rejuvenation, it’s important to remember that – although they’re infrequent – any surgery can have its complications.

There may be some temporary loss of function or sensation in your face, as well as some bleeding, bruising or scaring.

On the whole, facelifts are very satisfying for most patients, and best of all, the results can last for up to ten years. The surgery itself is often performed in an outpatient setting, and pain and discomfort are minimal.

Your skin in safe hands
No matter what lift you’re leaning towards, you’ll be safe in the care of an experienced and professional specialist surgeon.

On your first visit, specialist surgeon Morris Ritz will discuss your chosen procedure with you, and give you a better idea of what happens during the surgery. You’ll also be fully informed of your post-operative care, as well as any risks associated with your surgery.

About two weeks before the big day, you’ll have another consultation, which will allow you to discuss any further questions or concerns you may have.

To learn more about facial and cosmetic surgery, contact specialist surgeon Morris Ritz of Melbourne by completing a contact form or calling (+61 3) 9508 9503.